Deep Sky Section



Hi all Deep Sky Section members,

Our section meeting is coming up next week on the 11th. It’s amazing to see how much work has been happening on the Leon Mow Dark Sky Site! A big thank you goes out to everyone that helped at last months working bee, it was a great success! There is still a fairly long list of work to be done before the galactic centre star party so, if you can help out and give a couple of hours of your time, I’m sure Gavan and the LMDSS committee would appreciate it very much! They are desperate for help to get these last few jobs finished before the star party so contact Gavan ( if you are available.


We have finally got the Messier 100 Club booklets ready to go. A big thankyou to Linda for all the work she has done putting it together. It’s a great time of the month to start the ASV Messier 100 Club with all those globular clusters in Ophiuchus and Hercules so come and grab a booklet. If you are new to astronomy and don’t know how to use your telescope properly, this is the perfect way to learn! So if you have many questions, have a go, don’t be intimidated, the Messier 100 club is for you! For those who don’t have a telescope of their own, the 25 inch Obsession and a 12 inch Meade Lightbridge will be on the field for anyone to use. I will have observing lists ready to go and will get you started on the Messier objects.

I’m crossing my fingers for a great night and of course, we will stop and have coffee and snacks sometime between 10pm-11pm

Until then clear and dark skies to all.


Next Meeting will be on August 11     

Location:             LMDSS site, Heathcote                 

What to bring:     Telescope and equipment (not essential, if you don't own one), camping chair and equipment, sleeping gear (if you are staying at the site) and a red torch (no white light) and lastly, warm clothing.                           

Don't forget to obtain the gate/clubroom codes for access.

Contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner ( or call 0439 374 159) for more information.

 In a galaxy far, far away……

Are you interested in observing galaxies, open and globular clusters, planetary nebulae, emission nebulae, reflection nebulae and dark nebulae to name a few. Then join the Deep Sky Section at our monthly meetings at LMDSS.

If you have a telescope, bring it with you and if you don't there will be scopes to view through plus the society's 25-inch Obsession will be in operation.  We aim to provide novice deep sky observers with the ability to learn from experienced observers about how to locate and observe these objects, which eyepieces and filters work best and the resources to get the most out of your observing experience.  For the seasoned observer, the Deep Sky section provides an arena to get together, share information and experiences and imparting knowledge to astronomers new to the field, but most importantly having a great time doing the thing we love the most, driving our telescopes to their limits.


Some of our DSS members